By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
There’s serious money in Alabama’s brand and trademarks. In that light, the school has extended its contract with the company charged with protecting and promoting the athletics department’s image. Collegiate Licensing Company, originally founded by current Alabama athletics director Bill Battle in 1981, announced the 10-year extension of its partnership with the school Monday. The financial terms of the deal were not immediately known.
By Tom D’Angelo, palmbeachpost.com:
Jimbo Fisher not only believes playing Alabama is great for college football and helps Florida State continue to brand its program, but he said facing Nick Saban will make the game extra special. “To be able to go against someone who you have a ton of respect for in Nick and the program in which they have just adds to it,” Fisher said today in his first public comments on the game. The Seminoles and Crimson Tide have agreed meet in Atlanta to open the 2017 season, a story first reported by the Palm Beach Post. The game will be played the in the new stadium that will serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons, which will open that same year. “We’ve been two of the most consistent programs in the country the last few years,” Fisher said. “It’s a great kickoff and it’s great for the game of college football.”
By Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report:
Will the SEC West champ come from Alabama, or will another state rise up for the first time since LSU won the SEC West in 2011 (and lost the BCS National Championship to the Crimson Tide)? Give me the state of Alabama over the field. For Alabama, it’s about the secondary. Mel Tucker was brought in as Alabama’s defensive backs coach after defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and head coach Nick Saban had been more hands-on with the group in the past. It seems like he’s already figuring things out. With starter and star Cyrus Jones out with an injury, Tony Brown seemingly emerged as a more reliable option at corner, and former starter at corner Eddie Jackson moved to safety. That’s an indication that Tucker might be farther along in the development of the new-look secondary than anticipated.
By CECIL HURT, Gadsden Times:
What exactly do we mean when we say a team should do well because it has had “so many No. 1 classes?” After all, that’s one of the major reasons why those who are bullish on the Crimson Tide’s chances for a second straight trip to the College Football Playoff feel confident. The biggest reason, of course, is Nick Saban and his remarkable record. Even that can be obscured by “the recruiting.” I have seen it suggested by more than one person — presumably serious — that Alabama actually has “underachieved” in Saban’s tenure. It’s a bizarre statement. Since 2008, Alabama has won more games and more national championships than any other school. I can’t think of any other definition for achievement. But somehow, people want to equate winning “recruiting championships” with winning real championships, and that isn’t always the way it works.
By Ryan Bartow, 247sports.com:
Quarterback Jawon Pass (Columbus, Ga./Carver) still plans to announce his college choice July 16. The ceremony has been set for 4 p.m. at Carver High School’s auditorium, per his high school coach Joseph Kegler. His teammates, family, coaches and media will be in attendance.
By Matt Zenitz, al.com:
Mel Tucker and his family were in the crowd for Alabama’s national championship win over Notre Dame in 2013 as well as the Tide’s Capital One Bowl victory over Michigan State in 2011, a product of Tucker’s relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban. Tucker’s connection with Saban — combined with trust and familiarity built through the years — contributed to Tucker deciding to join the Tide as secondary coach in January after seven seasons as a defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.
From Montgomery Advertiser:
SEC Network Takeover (#SECNTakeover) begins today with Alabama Crimson Tide athletics taking over the network all day. With the help of New Orleans Saints tailback and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, Alabama selected several marquee games from the vault to relive with fans. The school also produced a one-hour special, “Built by Bama,” that will air at 8 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. The “Built by Bama” hour of original content will feature a 2014-15 year-in-review, an in-depth feature on new men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson, a discussion with athletic director Bill Battle, as well as interviews with the Crimson Tide’s individual national champions. Alabama’s #SECNTakeover schedule also includes:
By Kyle Newport, Bleacher Report:
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban won’t have to worry about his kicker coming up short on a last-second field goal if/when Eddy Pineiro sets foot on campus, because the high schooler has quite the leg on him.
By Dan Hope, Bleacher Report:
The University of Alabama has had at least one player selected in the first round of each of the past seven NFL drafts, the longest active streak of any university. If junior interior defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson declares for the 2016 draft, their streak will likely extend to eight. Heading into the 2015 college football season, the defensive tackle position appears to be one of the deepest for draft-eligible talent. Some of the top talents at the position project more favorably to specific defensive schemes over others. Robinson, however, is a player who should be near the top of the watch list for any team, regardless of scheme, that wants to bolster the middle of its defensive front in 2016.